SOURCE: MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta

July 29, 2005 09:05 ET

The MIT Enterprise Forum Explores 'The Power of Revolutionary Thinking'

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 29, 2005 -- The MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta announces its September 22, 2005 event which looks at how advanced concepts such as the space elevator go from idea to reality. "The Power of Revolutionary Thinking" will emanate with a live audience from Georgia Public Broadcasting studios, and be broadcast globally via satellite and webcast. Dr. Robert A. Cassanova, Director of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC), will lead a panel of visionary researchers in the 7pm discussion.

"We're thrilled to be the first Chapter outside of Cambridge to host a satellite broadcast," said Atlanta Chair, Nelson Chu. "The opportunity to learn from scientists of this caliber about thinking creatively and applying it to business is unique." The live broadcast will go to a network of 23 chapters across the United States and in Toronto, Taiwan, Israel, Japan and the United Kingdom.

"Material development of carbon nanotubes that will be used in the Space Elevator demonstrates how creativity, inspiration and vision can lead to stunning results," says Dr. Cassanova. "Our innovation process was developed for NIAC, but our definition of what is revolutionary can be applied to all kinds of business opportunities."

Panelists include: Dr. Bradley Carl Edwards, President and Founder of Carbon Designs, Space Elevator development leader; Dr. Dava Newman, MIT Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Dr. Penelope J. Boston, Professor and Director of Research for Complex Systems Research, Inc., Boulder, CO. The program will be moderated by Alf Nucifora, Chairman, Nucifora Consulting Group.

About the Event

Networking at the GPB studios, 260 14th Street NW, will occur from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 22; the program runs from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Pre-ordered tickets are $25 for Forum Members, $35 for non-members and $10 for students; $5 more for tickets at the door. For information, visit

About the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts

The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) was formed to function as an independent source of revolutionary aeronautical and space concepts to impact how NASA develops and conducts its missions, to inspire the public and excite the nation's youth. NIAC provides an open forum for the external analysis and definition of space and aeronautics advanced concepts, complementing the advanced concepts activities conducted within NASA.

About the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational programs and services that promote and strengthen innovation at the intersection of business and technology in the Southeast. The MIT Forum accomplishes its mission through a series of events, including Interactive case studies, Satellite Broadcasts, a Distinguished Speaker and Leading Edge Technologies of the 21st Century events. The Forum invites anyone who is interested to attend and become a member; no prior affiliation with MIT is necessary to participate. For additional information, visit

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